51's Weekend Update
Who Has Been Winning This Weekend
Compiled From various Series and Track PR Reports
Updated - Sunday, 4-26-09, 8:55pm

ARCA - Justin Lofton held off a busy pack of ARCA RE/MAX Series warriors to score the biggest win of his career Friday afternoon in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Lofton, in Eddie Sharp's Lofton Cattle Toyota, held off 59-year-old Bill Baird to earn his second series victory in his 24th career start.

1) Loftin  2) Bill Baird 3) Grant Enfinger  4) Mikey Kile  5) Frank Kimmel

ASA Midwest - ASAMT & Dells Raceway Park officials have postponed the running of the Race for the Gold Bronze Race scheduled for Saturday, April 25 due to inclement weather.  40-plus entries were received for the Dells race.  The event will be re-scheduled for Saturday, June 6.  The event at Madison Int'l Speedway on Sunday, May 3rd will open the season.

ASA Late Model North - Defending ASA Late Model Series Northern Division Champion Eddie Hoffman stormed through the pack and took the lead on lap 89 and for the second straight year took the big trophy in the 125 lap season opener at Toledo Speedway.

1) Eddie Hoffman  2) Brian Campbell  3) Trent Snyder  4) Chris Eggleston  5) Joey King

ASA SAT - Max Gresham went to victory lane at the Dillon Motor Speedway (SC).  It was his second win on the tour this season.

1) Gresham  2)  Jason Hogan  3) Casey Roderick  4) Tyler Millwood  5) Austin Hill

Big 8 Series -Mother Nature just doesn’t want to see any racing at Rockford Speedway this weekend as inclement weather has once again forced the cancellation of a season-opening event, this time the 32nd annual Spring Classic. The event will not be rescheduled for a third time after weather forced a postponement last Sunday as well. Over a half an inch of rain had already fallen overnight and showers were expected to continue throughout the day forcing the cancellation.

Camping World East -17-year-old Grass Valley, Calif., driver Matt DiBenedetto passed Austin Dillon in a back-and-forth battle following a green-white-checkered finish to Saturday night’s Tri-County 150 to earn his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East victory.

DiBenedetto, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, and Dillon, a Richard Childress Racing development driver, swapped the lead six times over the second half of the race. The event was stretched to 165 laps due to a pair of late cautions. DiBenedetto led four times for 75 laps, while Dillon led three times for 15 laps.

1) DiBenedetto  2) Dillon  3) Alan Tardiff  4) Jody Lavender  5) Patrick Long


Camping World West- Eric Holmes overcame a fierce battle to win the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 presented by Exclusive Energy Drink at Madera (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday and register his second win of the early season in the NASCAR Camping World Series West.

A series of restarts kept fans on the edge of their seats in the closing laps as Holmes, David Mayhew and Mike David waged war against each other through a series of late-race restarts. Contact between the trio in those closing laps left more than a few crumpled fenders and bruised feelings.

1)  Holmes  2) David Mayhew  3) Mike David  4) Paulie Harraka  5) Greg Pursley

Local Tracks - Andy Mercer was the winner at the Hickory Motor Speedway in th Late Model Stock Class.  Jesse LeFevers, Ashley Huffman, James Goff and David Wilson rounded out the top five.

PASS South - After several near misses, including a pair of runner-up finishes, Preston Peltier finally can call himself a PASS Series winner.  Peltier took the lead on lap 70 and never looked back as he scored the win at the Orange County Speedway (NC).  Ben Rowe finished second, Ryan Blaney finished in the top five for the third straight race.  Jeff Fultz and Heath Hindman rounded out the top five.


PLM - James Kimbrough couldn’t have envisioned a more perfect start to his Pro Late Model racing career.  The teenager from West Florida High started on the pole and led all 40 laps in winning the feature Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. How improbable? Kimbrough just bought the race car three weeks ago and the first time he even drove it was the day before in practice.

1) Kimbrough  2) Wayne Niedecken Jr. 3) David Jones  4) Keith Thorpe  5) Ronnie Smith

Pro Challenge - Ryan Heavner scored the win at the Concord Speedway (NC) on Saturday night.

1) Ryan Heavner  2) Stephen Bergh  3) Kyle Wilson  4) Chris Brown  5) Trevor Edwards

Pro Challenge - 8 Cars started in Pro Challenge for a great 20 lap feature but it was Hunter Kent who took the green flag and rode it all the way to Victory Lane Saturday night at Lanier National Speedway (GA). Hunter and the #7 car was unstoppable all night as he led all 20 laps on the way to the victory. Kyle Benjamin was second Tim Forpes had a strong car but Brady Boswell passed Forpes on lap 13 and cruised to the third place finish.

1) Kent  2) Benjamin  3) Boswell  4) Forpes  5) Jacob Wallis

SLM - Tim Russell took the Bille Harvey Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).  Russell held off fellow Florida driver Justin Larson for the win. 

1) Tim Russell  2) Justin Larson  3) Daniel Webster  4) BJ McLeod  5) Coey Freed

Southern Superstars - Dennis Reno Jr. from Dora, Alabama won the first Super Late Model race at Montgomery Motor Speedway of 2009.  John Bolen from Jasper, Alabama finished a close second while John Wilkinson III came home third after dominating the early part of the race. Ken McFarland from Hoover, AL and Josh Belter from Cullman, AL rounded out the top five.

True Value Modified - It was one of the wildest nights in recent memory as the True Value Modified Racing Series kicked off it’s sixth season in front of a large crowd Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH; and when the dust settled after nine caution periods, Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, NH; notched his second career win capturing the “Bond Auto Parts 100 Spring Dash” for open-wheel modified race cars

1) Rob Goodenough 2) Dwight Jarvis  3) John McKennedy  4) Sean Bodreau  5) Rowan Pennink

Whelen Modified Tour - Ted Christopher made it two-for-two in 2009 as he earned the win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway (CT).

1) Christopher  2)   Todd Szegedy 3)  Ryan Preece 4)  Mike Stefanik 5)  Chris Pasteryak


UARA Stars - Paddy Rodenbeck followed up last week's second place finish at Rockingham with his first career UARA-Stars victory at Concord Speedway (NC) on Saturday night.  Matt McCall came home second keeping the points battle title after between the two drivers.

1) Paddy Rodenbeck  2) Matt McCall  3) Matthew Godley  4) Richard Boswell II  5) Jamey Caudill

USAR Pro Cup - After a few near misses in 2008, Drew Herring took the checkered flag at the South Georgia Motorsports Park for his first career USAR Pro Cup win.

1) Drew Herring  2) BIll Bigley  3) Caleb Holman  4) Brandon Ward  5) Derek Kale

USLMA - The April 25 race at Colorado National Speedway has been POSTPONED due to weather conditions, CNS needs to make up NASCAR Late Model events, so this race will be rescheduled.

Matt DiBenesetto won the Camping World East event at Tri-County Speedway. (51 Sports Photo)
Preston Peltier won the PASS South race at Orange County Speedway.  (51 Sports Photo)